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We have already covered the Read it Later Firefox extension twice before, once when I wrote about some time-saving Firefox extensions 6 Excellent Firefox Extensions Made To Save You Time 6 Excellent Firefox Extensions Made To Save You Time Read More and also when Mark wrote about Build an Online Reading List with "Read It Later" Build an Online Reading List with "Read It Later" Read More the benefits of this extension.

But now this wonderful extension has been updated for Firefox 3 and in a big way. It brings some awesome new features which, I am sure, could make it one of the most popular extensions for Firefox 3.

So without any further delay, here are the power packed features of this updated extension.

1. Now Save and also add to social media/bookmarking sites

Yes, apart from just saving the web page for reading later, this extension now also allows you to add it to a bunch of social media sites. It shows as a red check mark just beside the bookmark start icon in the address bar after you’ve installed it.

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You can click it to save a page or mark it as read. When you click on this red check mark, just below it a small arrow appears which gives you more options like adding it to social media sites. Plus, it hasn’t spared any social networking site either. It lists the popular sites such as Digg and Delicious and then there is a drop down menu which gives you a huge list of other social media and bookmarking sites.

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2. Sort pages easily through date and tags

We know that Firefox 3 now supports tags in bookmarks. So when you click on the red check mark to save a page for reading later, you can also click on the star beside it and give it some relevant tags.

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Now your reading list icon will appear at the extreme right beside the browser search bar. When you click on it, you should see a revamped interface which allows you to sort the list by date and by tags.

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3. RSS Feeds of your saved pages

You can now get the saved pages in the form of RSS Feeds. When you go to your reading list, on the top right there is a small link to the RSS feed of that list.

4. Syncing and Offline Reading

Sometime back, LifeHacker reported that Google Gears may become irrelevant in Firefox 3 because it has built-in support for web apps going offline and developers could make use of it. Here we see an example of that. There is a small link to offline reading in the reading list, which allows you to save webpages for offline reading.

Also it goes one step further and allows you to sync your reading list between different computers.

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5. Save All Tabs For Later

Although we do have the “Bookmark All” tabs feature in Firefox, this extension also adds ‘ Save All Tabs for Later ” in the right click, when you right click a tab, thereby allowing you to add all the tabs in your reading list at one click.

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6. Click To Save Mode

This is another cool feature. If you switch to this mode by pressing Alt+M, the links which you click on a site will be automatically saved in your reading list. This could also be a nice time-saver.

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Overall I found the extension to be very impressive. I did face some hiccups while using it but when I retried, it worked. It’s in beta so sometimes it may fail to deliver.

So have you tried this yet ? What do you think ? Let me know in the comments.

  1. Mark
    January 26, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    So I now have 6 pages of read it later stuff and I started going through the list from oldest to newest when I noticed a bit of a snag: I cannot seem to delete the items I have (finally) read no matter whether I right-click, stnad on my head or pray.
    I think someone forgot to make a very necessary feature a part of this otherwise most useful tool.

  2. nick
    July 28, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    OFtAlW hi! hice site!

  3. Syahid A.
    June 22, 2008 at 7:57 am

    Glad to be a part of this awesome product. Use it everybody!

  4. Abhijeet from Jeet Blog
    June 21, 2008 at 9:48 am

    I'm glad you all liked it !

  5. Aibek
    June 21, 2008 at 5:27 am

    Thanks Abhijeet, the new version is AWESOME!

  6. Travis Quinnelly
    June 20, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Sweet!

  7. DazzlinDonna
    June 20, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Oh I need this really badly! Between the syncing/offline reading and the ability to grab them all as an rss feed - AND be able to easily handle social bookmarking of pages...wow...this goes beyond just being a great timesaver. Woot! Love it!

  8. Mark O'Neill
    June 20, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    I was one of the beta testers for this new version and I think it is wonderful. A lot of work went into updating "Read It Later" and Nate (the developer) is a great guy.

    I particularly like how you can hit the red arrow in the URL bar and from there you can add the site to the social networking sites.

    This extension is easily my top Firefox extension of all time.

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